Louisiana's Way Home

Louisiana's Way Home

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be.

When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)

Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale — and now, with humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.--from the publisher

240 pages    978-0763694630    Ages 10 and up


It's the middle of the night again and Gran is having another of her great ideas.  Louisiana knows they are about to get on the road again.  Her heart sinks.  This is the place where she has found family and friends and the feeling of belonging.

Leaving behind Archie the world's best cat and Bud the One-Eyed Dog, Gran and Louisiana pack up and head out.  Louisiana doesn't know where they are going but this time she knows she doesn't want to leave.  All the people and places she loves are in the rear view mirror.  No more Raymie or Beverly.

Gran and Louisiana find themselves in Georgia, with dental problems, no money and a curse on their heads

But it turns out Louisiana's story did not end when she met Raymie Nightingale.  She is going to meet some truths that will rock her world and make her ask the big question, "Who am I?"

The voice of Kate DiCamillo does not disappoint us, ever and it is as warm and perceptive as ever as she invites us to come along and join in as she  takes Louisiana down a path we can all feel.  This is as usual a big wonderful hug even when we are discovered to have failings and imperfections.  Kate sees us as we wish we could see ourselves.

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